FOX News – Improved air quality control could save thousands of lives, prevent sick days
In one year, there could be about 9,320 fewer deaths and 19 million fewer sick days if  the American Thoracic Society’s (ATS) recommended air quality standards are implemented, a report released Wednesday suggests. A group of scientists from New York University and the Marron Institute of Urban Management argue in a new paper that improving air quality standards to a level even stricter than those issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could dramatically improve the nation’s health. As well as fewer deaths, higher standards may result in about 21,400 fewer major health crises, like hospitalizations or heart attacks, in a year, Medical Daily reported.

U.S. News – Obesity May Be Bad for the Brain, Too
Could too much weight be bad for the brain as well as the belly? New research suggests that being overweight or obese may trigger premature aging of the middle-aged brain. The study centered on how carrying excess weight might affect the brain’s white matter, which facilitates communication between different brain regions.

Tech Times – People Hospitalized For Infection At Increased Risk Of Dying From Suicide
Figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that more than 800,000 people die due to suicide per year. Now, a new study has revealed a possible predictor of suicide death. Individuals who are hospitalized with infection may have increased risk for suicide death, findings of a new study published in the JAMA Psychiatry suggest. Researchers also found that the highest risk of suicide was in those with HIV or AIDS and hepatitis.

Reuters – FDA approves Heron’s therapy for chemotherapy-induced nausea
Heron Therapeutics Inc’s twice-rejected long-acting injection to prevent chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting was finally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, marking the biotech’s first regulatory approval. The Redwood City, California-based company’s shares rose as much as 21 percent to $24 on Wednesday. Nausea and vomiting, one of the most acute side effects of chemotherapy, occurs in up to 80 percent of patients and is the leading cause of patients discontinuing treatment, according to the National Institute of Health.